We all know that Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. If you’re looking to stay in Japan for a long time and don’t have the means to live a fancy lifestyle, here are some great tips on how to live cheaply in Tokyo!
Let’s start with the basics: food. With more than 45,000 locations, Japan has the most convenience stores in the world, the biggest of which are Seven-Eleven, Family Mart, and Lawson. Since you’ll likely see one at every corner, it will be hard not to go in and purchase a treat whenever you are hungry. However, convenience is not cheap.
Instead, try visiting a supermarket (or as Japanese call them スーパー) where you can find tons of affordable food! Supa’s in Japan are a great place to find filling premade meals at cheap prices. If you’re not quite sure where the nearest supa is located, just ask a police officer or any passerby.
If you’re not in the mood to hunt down a supermarket, another option is to visit the local 100 yen shop. The 100 yen stores give you the best “bang for your yen” as far as cost is concerned. You can find just about everything you need, from utensils, brooms, soup, snacks, and even some gardening supplies. If you’re lucky, you might even come across a Lawson Store 100, which is a cross between a 100 yen store and a regular Lawson’s convenience store.
As someone that has lived in Japan for quite some time, I can tell you right now that it is possible to pick up affordable items wherever you go if you take the time and look for these places!
Live cheaply everybody!
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